Appointed lecturer in philosophy at Aberystwyth in 1882 , he became professor at Bangor in 1884 , at S. Andrews in 1891 , and at Glasgow , as Caird 's successor, in 1894 . An outstanding teacher , his doctrine was essentially Caird 's version of Hegelian idealism, but the Bible and the great poets also contributed to his thought and style. To him philosophy was a way of life, a faith to be taught and accepted. Moral values were the basis of his creed: he stressed man's infinitude as well as his finitude, and viewed the world-process as the progressive realization of an all-inclusive God of Love, ever moving and yet perfect. His writings were many and varied, the most important being Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher ( 1891 ), Lotze ( 1895 ), and A Faith that Enquires ( 1922 ) — Gifford Lectures delivered at Glasgow in 1920-1 .
Profoundly interested in social affairs and an ardent liberal , he founded the Glasgow Civic Society . Educational reform in Wales owes much to his unstinted effort; he was a leader in the movement which resulted in the Intermediate Education Act ( 1889 ), and after the establishment of the Welsh University he originated the plan of a ‘penny rate’ levied by the County Councils for higher education; he also served on various commissions and committees. Despite an operation for cancer in 1913 , he actively supported the national effort during the war, and visited the U.S.A. in 1918 . He d. at Tighnabruaich , Argyll , 4 Feb. 1922 .
He gained many honours: hon. LL.D. (S. Andrews) 1891 , F.B.A. ( 1904 ), hon. D.Litt. (Wales) 1905 , knighted ( 1912 ), C.H. and Cymmrodorion medal ( 1922 ). Of his six children, two died in youth, and one son fell in the war of 1914-18 . In 1934 a memorial fund was instituted to acquire and maintain his birthplace at Llangernyw , and the balance of the fund was used to establish an annual prize in moral and political philosophy at Aberystwyth , Bangor , Coleg Harlech , S. Andrews , and Glasgow .
Daniel Davies, M.A., Ph.D., (1893-1961), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959